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Girl Or Boy? Kiwi Parents Can Find Out At Home

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Girl Or Boy? Kiwi Parents Can Find Out At Home

Forget rings on strings and the cycles of the moon - New Zealand parents-to-be can now discover the sex of their baby far more accurately than those old wives' tales.

Now available in New Zealand, the IntelliGender kit allows people to find out in the comfort and privacy of their own home whether they're having a boy or a girl.

Distributor David Portnoy, who is currently visiting New Zealand to launch IntelliGender, says the test can be taken from as early as eight weeks all the way through to the 34th week and has been proven to be 90% accurate in laboratory tests of pregnant women.

"IntelliGender® is a non-invasive urine-based test that provides results in just 10 minutes. Like a home pregnancy kit, you can tell the sex of your baby by the colour match of the test."

The product has been available in North America for several years and recently went on sale in Australia before being launched here, where Portnoy is adding a bonus for customers - if IntelliGender gets a baby's sex wrong, the $129 purchase price will be refunded to mothers who register their details.

Portnoy, who also runs Early Image 4D Ultrasound Centres in Australia, said IntelliGender would meet the demand from more than 70% of Kiwi parents-to-be who want to find out the sex of their babies before birth - about 45,000 couples a year.

"Until now, the only opportunity for most couples to know the sex of their baby has been to wait until the 20 week ultrasound scan.

"However, this can be a very stressful time for parents, as the scan focuses on checking the health of the baby and identifying any birth defects. Gender determination is a secondary consideration," says Portnoy.

"Many couples are also very disappointed to find at their 20 week scan that the baby is in the wrong position to determine its gender. It's estimated this can happen in as many as 25% of scans. IntelliGender solves that problem," he said.

"Celebrating this event in the comfort and privacy of the home environment is also a much more enjoyable way to mark this important milestone."

Portnoy said a survey of 150 pregnant women in Australia over 12 months showed IntelliGender was 88.6% accurate predicting male births and 90.5% accurate for females, an average of 89.55%. It is even more accurate - 93.5% - when taken during the 9 to 15 week period.

A pharmacy-only product, IntelliGender is available at about 400 outlets throughout New Zealand.

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